Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.

 Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.

There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.

Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.

Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls. 

Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham 

Sunday, June 22, 2014



Group of swimming tadpoles

So epic. Looks like the No Man’s Sky trailer.

i looked at this and saw laser dogfights and spaceships and romance




Group of swimming tadpoles

So epic. Looks like the No Man’s Sky trailer.

i looked at this and saw laser dogfights and spaceships and romance

Saturday, May 31, 2014


If this isn’t an entrance to a fairy world then I don’t know what is…

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland, April 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014





By copyrighting his property as an artwork, he has prevented oil companies from drilling on it.

Peter Von Tiesenhausen has developed artworks all over his property in northern Alberta.  There’s a boat woven from sticks that is gradually being reclaimed by the land; there is a fence that he adds to each year of his life, and there are many “watching” trees, with eyes scored into their bark.

Oil interests pester him continually about drilling on his land.  His repeated rebuffing of their advances lead them to move toward arbitration.  They made it very clear that he only owned the top 6 inches of soil, and they had rights to anything underneath.  He then, off the top of his head, threatened them that he would sue damages if they disturbed his 6 inches, for the entire property is an artwork.  Any disturbance would compromise the work, and he would sue.

Immediately after that meeting, he called a lawyer (who is also an art collector) and asked if his intuitive threat would actually hold legally.  The lawyer visited, saw the scope of the work on the property, and wrote a document protecting the artwork.

The oil companies have kept their distance ever since.

This is but one example of Peter’s ability to negotiate quickly on his feet, and to find solutions that defy expectations.

I feel like this is really important. 


"The words expressly are “a pound of flesh.”
Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh,
But in the cutting it if thou dost shed
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
Are by the laws of Venice confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.”
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

doomstruck-dark said: wats the boops




these r the boops

its scientific name is boops boops


Monday, March 31, 2014


 Juan Gatti: the natural sciences

Commercial photographer, graphic designer and art director Juan Gatti combines anatomical drawings with illustrations of flora and fauna in his Ciencia Naturales (Natural Sciences) series. His strange juxtapositions evoke the continuities that exist between the human body and other varieties of organic forms, where exposed musculature is mirrored in the patterning of a snake’s skin or the curved branches of a coral reef. Gatti was born in Buenos Aires in 1950. He currently works out of Madrid.

(Source: asylum-art)

Sunday, March 23, 2014






These snails are zombies. They have been hijacked by a parasite that controls their brains and movements.

what the fuck (video)


That’s not exactly what’s happening? The snails aren’t dead (which is kind of a requirement for being a zombie) and their brains have not been “hijacked” (because snails don’t have brains). The video in the link describes the parasite as having ‘hypnotized the snail into walking into the sunlight,’ which is by itself pretty misleading. The presence of the parasite makes the snails less sensitive to light, so they simply do not know where they are safe and where they aren’t. This is certainly to the parasite’s advantage, because their life cycle continues in the guts of birds.

A parasite that inflates the snails’ eyestalks with its broodlings so the stalks look like delicious, squirmy maggots is disturbing enough, I think. They’re called leucochloridium paradoxum.

If you’re wondering how we find writers for SciShow…it’s seeing posts like this on Tumblr.


Thursday, March 20, 2014






Chinampa (Nahuatlchināmitl [tʃiˈnaːmitɬ]) is a method of ancient Mesoamerican agriculture which used small, rectangular areas of fertile arable land to grow crops on the shallow lake beds in the Valley of Mexico.

Sometimes referred to as “floating gardens,” chinampas were artificial islands that usually measured roughly 98 ft × 8.2 ft (30 m × 2.5 m).[1] Chinampas were used by the ancient Aztec [Aboriginal Peoples].[2] In Tenochtitlan, the chinampas ranged from 300 ft × 15 ft (91 m × 4.6 m)[1] to 300 ft × 30 ft (91 m × 9.1 m)[1][3] They were created by staking out the shallow lake bed and then fencing in the rectangle with wattle. The fenced-off area was then layered with mud, lake sediment, and decaying vegetation, eventually bringing it above the level of the lake. Often trees such as āhuexōtl [aːˈweːʃoːt͡ɬ] (Salix bonplandiana)[2] (a willow) and āhuēhuētl [aːˈweːweːt͡ɬ] (Taxodium mucronatum)[4] (a cypress) were planted at the corners to secure the chinampa. Chinampas were separated by channels wide enough for a canoe to pass. These “islands” had very high crop yields with up to 7 crops a year.[5]

photo:  Iraun permakultura (1), Aztec Chinampas model by Te Mahi, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa (2)


Indigenous technology

I love how somehow once its native people like the Aztecs, the 1400s become “ancient”. Cause if I’m not mistaken the chinampas were used into the early 1509s at least. If we were talking about Europeans we’d be saying “medieval” or maybe “Renaissance”.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wolves have a basic aversion to fighting and will do much to avoid any aggressive encounters.

It has been observed that a socialized wolf had become frantically upset upon witnessing its first dog fight. The distressed wolf intervened and eventually broke up the fight by pulling the aggressor off by the tail.

David Mech and Luigi Boitani, “Wolves: Behavior, ecology, and conservation”, 2003 (via wolveswolves)

(Source: electricrain)